Data protection changes and GDPR in archery

Okay, so this is not the normal sort of thing to find on an archery blog, but I don’t think it can have escaped many peoples notice that the Data Protection laws in the UK are changing. Chances are you’ve had emails from different websites you’ve subscribed to asking for you to agree to new terms and conditions. In other words the dreaded GDPR, with a fast approaching deadline of the 25th of May 2018.
Official bit “The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. “
in short it covers everything from signing up to being a follower to a blog, coaching sessions and records,
photographs at an event, even shoot results. It also has an effect on websites like this one, which is why there is a new Page covering the Privacy Notice statement where I have tried to address the concerns and legal aspects.
I have to say I have found it a bit of a pain and huge headache to work through and must thank my better half Sharon for keeping me sane and also for finding this site from the Sports and Recreational Alliance (https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/)
It has a very helpful sub page on GDPR for clubs, which many archery clubs might find useful too.  The site has a series of template documents that clubs and individuals can easily download and edit. (https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/pages/gdpr-clubs)
I’m not expert, even after reading all this, but have found this site really helpful, as has Sharon when working through club details for Briar Rose Field Archers.
I’m also updating my coaching notes and application form to comply with the new rules. Those coached by me in the past should already have received an email (if not please get in touch asap).
I hope this helps and thanks for reading.

Message to all readers and followers – Thank you

Thank you

Thank you

Just wanted to say thank you to all the followers and readers of this blog. I’ve been quite humbled over recent months when archers at shoots have come up to me and say “Are you Rob? I read your blog
Or as was the case a few days ago I received a a lovely email saying thank you for all the work that goes into writing the articles and editing the photos. So thanks, it’s great to know that people find my ramblings enjoyable and useful.
I will apologise to all of you if I don’t have the time at shoots to chat at length but please know I’m really grateful. I felt quite guilty at the Paget de Vasey shoot when in the food que the person next to me said he read the blog and got into field archery because of it. I would have loved to chat further but has to take Sharon her drink or I’d have been in real trouble.
Thank you all for reading and contributions.